James Forrest crowned

James Forrest is one of Celtic’s best ever home grown players. This century’s talent conveyer belt at Celtic began with the likes of Shaun Maloney, Jamie Smith, Ross Wallace and Aiden McGeady, but Forrest is one of Celtic’s longest serving and most successful products in the history of the club.

Like a few of the current first team, he has been involved in each one of the eight-in-a-row titles. His skill set has developed to the level where he has gone on to be one of the most important players in the team.

To do that he had to do more than just remain at the club. Something which looked to be in jeopardy before Brendan Rodgers arrived nearly three years ago.

The right winger had to overcome injuries, inconsistent form and prove himself to three different managers. All of which he did and now that has been maintained, making him one of the club’s key players.

Last season James was amazing. He probably should have won the award then too, but Scott Brown’s impressive eleventh season edged it.

This season, there was no question, James was the best player. Callum McGregor was on the shortlist along with Rangers’ Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos.

There’s no arguing Morelos has been a very important player for the Ibrox club but his discipline has been abysmal. Ryan Kent has also weighed in across the city, but his stats are nowhere as impressive.

James has been a steady performer for the last three seasons. He continues to impress for Celtic and it is his goals, assists and match winning moments made him number one above team mate, Callum McGregor.

Callum was awarded by the fans, but my vote was casted for James. He has been so important and put in the performances to match the stats.

Only Odsonne Edouard has scored more goals this season (21). James is joint second with Scott Sinclair (17), but his on-field displays have been far superior.

Sinclair’s stats dont lie, but he was outshone by Forrest who fully deserves his award. With a whopping 20 assists to add to his name that shows you how important he has been.

There are three more games remaining for Celtic now. You would have to imagine that James will be involved with more goals, assists and match winners as Celtic seek the treble treble.

Whoever takes the reins at Celtic next season, James will be an important player for them and the team. He can put this award next to his PFA Young Player of the Year and SFWA Young Player of the Year accolades from season 2011/2012.

Well done James.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac

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4 thoughts on “James Forrest crowned

  1. Sorry. But putting Jamie smith and Ross Wallace as examples of success stories of youth set up is very funny
    Forrest has been in 1st team for 9 years but his stats don’t make good reading. Injured for long timed
    Only at full fitness when he was 25 and played 2nd fiddle to Patrick Roberts. Has had no competition for his place since then and tends to go missing against low Talented SPFL teams
    His peformances In Europe have to be he honest , woeful His display against AEK in two vital games was woeful. For us to progress we need players to be consistent. Sorry James your not

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    • I don’t think I said Smith and Wallace were success stories but that they all came off the youth production line at the beginning of the century. I addressed Forrest’s long term credentials and have credited him for his stats of the last few years. I’m guessing you’re not a fan and unwilling to recognise his growth. Tough crowd.

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      • Hi steve I do recognize his growth he was virtually the only 1st team player to go all season without an Injury. this season has been a poor season for all SPFL players, only james 2.5 month spell at beginning of season where he scored 4 goals against st johnstone and scored for Scotland was the only purple patch for any SPFL player this season, ( prob one of the poorest Players player of the year in recent memory) the rest of the times he was mostly AWOL , we as a club have to aim better to have players competing week in week out, sadly james is well off this
        his performances in Europe have been especially woefull. His mr invisible impersonations in two financial critical games V AEK have long reaching effects . we need better players who can complete at this level. Sadly James is no where near this level

        give you an example paddy Roberts who is a good player, not great would walk into our right wing position and he cant even get a game for Girona( that top class European side) so where does that leave James, well off the requirement

        sorry but your article stinks of mediocrity and could of been written by the spin master peter lawell himself, I do hope you think we should raise the bar

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